Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29114 (Hints)
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Herzliche Grüße aus der charmanten Stadt Jena in Ostdeutschland!
I’m here for my annual visit to the University’s excellent language course and also my annual disaster travelling to and from the city. I thought nothing could top last year’s journey from home but I was wrong. The chaos at St Pancras meant that I had to completely reroute my journey through Paris. I had a first-class Interrail pass which meant I could have travelled on most trains, but because I couldn’t have a reservation on a specific train that would have allowed me to arrive at midnight rather than the original 9 pm, I had to ensure a journey that got me to Jena at 10 am with six changes. Good old Eurostar will be getting a bit of a stern letter about their part in this chaos.
Anyway, to matters in hand. I am suitably refreshed and ready to deal with today’s task which I think is set by the Original Mysteron. A pleasant solve.
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
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Some hints follow.
There are one or two unusual words in the grid. Perhaps there may be a visual hint to help.
Let’s see how we get on…..
7 Rebuke salesperson given fish (8)
An alternative (abbreviated) word for a salesperson, usually one who travels, goes before the name of a fish to give a word meaning to rebuke.
11 Ignore stumbling medical officer giving war cry (8)
The name of a word used in a war cry can be found by making an anagram (stumbling) of IGNORE and adding the abbreviation for a Medical Officer afterwards.
15 Scrum, perhaps, that happens down the line? (5-2, 6)
As I am not a huge fan of rugby, I guess this refers to something in the game, I know it from Rugby League certainly, that causes a scrum. I shall leave the reviewer to say whether this makes the clue unfair (Gee, thanks – Reviewer).
The clue is a little complex and is a cryptic definition of what can happen prior to the awarding of a scrum and its impact, although there could be two definitions that overlap. Interested to hear your thoughts.
18 Thoughtful mood of one looking in the mirror? (10)
A word meaning having a pensive moment could also be described cryptically as how you did the looking.
21 Country with a President in the 1990s (6)
The name of a famous President from Europe who was often in the news in the 1990’s, is found by taking the name of a country and adding A to it.
24 Gareth reported to be with junior body of troops (8)
A homophone of a shortened form of Gareth has a young offspring to give the word for a group of soldiers,
1 Eccentric having party under waterfall (6)
An unkind way of describing an eccentric person is found by taking a type of waterfall with a short word for a party.
3 Approximate sphere of activity (4,4)
Two definitions, one cryptic, that refer to something being approximate and where you could play with spheres.
6 Monkey or burrowing animal going round Kent area (8)
You are looking for a name of a member of the Monkey family that is found by taking a different animal, one which burrows, and inserting an abbreviation of the region where you’ll find Kent.
8 Tossing the caber, steps on the floor? (8,5)
A type of dance, cryptically described, and a cryptic way of how you might toss the caber in its native land.
15 Join auk flying to secure peek at last tree-dweller (8)
An anagram of JOIN AUK, plus the final letter of PEEK inserted gives you an arboreal animal.
18 Work out why (6)
Two definitions leading to the same word.
22 Landowner stopped short in den (4)
The name for a Scottish landowner loses its last letter to give a word meaning den.
All in all, a reasonable solve, very enjoyable, but a bit heavy on the double definition clues for my liking.
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The Quick Crossword pun: beau+diddle+lea=Bo Diddley